Ahmedabad: Inside India's first UN world heritage city
Let's explore the history and famous landmarks of Ahmedabad, India's first to receive the important UNESCO designation
On June 17, 1917, Mahatma Gandhi established the Sabarmati Ashram on the banks of the river Sabarmati. The ashram served as one of the main centres during the Indian Freedom Struggle.
It became home to the Satyagraha ideology that eventually helped set India free. It was even called the Satyagraha Ashram initially, mirroring the passive resistance introduced by Gandhiji.
The Mahatma chose this place because he wanted to experiment with farming, animal husbandry, cow breeding, khadi and related constructive activities, for which he needed barren and vacant land. (Others)
Mahatma Gandhi launched the famous Dandi march from the Sabarmati Ashram to the coastal village of Dandi (a total of 241 miles) with 78 companions on March 12, 1930. The march was in protest of the British Salt Law which unfairly taxed Indian salt so that British salt could be promoted in India. (Others)
85 kilometres from Ahmedabad, the historic site of Lothal was one of the most prominent cities of the 4,400-year-old Indus Valley Civilization. It was one of the few known ports on ocean, located in the Bhal region of the modern state of Gujarat.
The lustrous Red Ware culture was found in Lothal which is often associated with the (post-Rigvedic) Vedic civilization. (Others)
The Jama Masjid is among India’s most beautiful mosques. It was built by Ahmed Shah in 1423. The building materials were taken from the remnants of demolished Hindu and Jain temples.
Lotus-like carving of some domes show the mosque's architectural fusion with these religions and provides evidence that Hindu and Jain temples have been equally participating in the making of the resplendent structure. (Others)